ERIC Number: ED381504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Faculty and Administrators of Color in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education: A Status Report.
Taliaferro, Barbara M.; Montoya, Alicia L.
Data from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (SSHE) indicate that men of color represent 13.1 percent of administrative positions and 6.42 percent of faculty positions, while women of color hold 9.66 percent of administrative positions and 4.05 percent of faculty positions. A study was conducted to compare the perceptions of 32 SSHE administrators and 52 SSHE faculty of color. Survey responses were analyzed in terms of demographics, perceived obstacles, perceived support, and aspirations of career mobility. Results confirm disparities of race and gender for faculty and administrators of color in the Pennsylvania SSHE. Career paths, opportunities for upward mobility, tenure, and promotion are reported as avenues of access paved with institutional, personal, and cultural racism. Most respondents indicated a desire to advance in their fields, but felt hindered by institutional barriers and to some degree by personal barriers. Men of color were reported by both women and men to be the least supportive in professional endeavors. Women faculty rated women of color as most supportive; male faculty and both male and female administrators rated white men as most supportive. Recommendations and strategies are offered for institutions and individuals. (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Career Development, College Faculty, Ethnic Groups, Faculty Mobility, Faculty Promotion, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Bias, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Tenure, Women Administrators, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; People of Color